Setting the Bar

Shay Reh packing veg boxes with mask on

A critical part of our mission at the Green Connect farm is to provide an entrance point for young people and former refugees wishing to begin their journey towards work readiness in a safe and supportive environment. The natural beauty of the farm and the kind, fun-loving nature of our team provide a calming and welcoming environment, which sets us up to help new staff to build their self-confidence and employability skills. When teaching these skills, its always good to have a model of success: the model worker who inspires others.

For years I’ve used Shay as an example of our model worker, someone that everyone loves working with and that we can all aspire to be like. Shay works incredibly hard throughout the week, often early in the morning and every weekend, to keep our crops and animals alive and our customers fed. But beyond the farm work, he is also caring, considerate, and respectful with everything he does. He is diligent to ensure that things are not just been done fast, but are done to a high quality. He also has an incredible brain for problem solving and for making the most of small amounts of time and resources.

No question, Shay sets the bar at the farm. He does the same on our Staffing Solutions team where he supervises others on external worksites. In all these workplaces, and particularly at the farm where there is a waxing and waning of work experience participants and volunteers with varying capacities, Shay gives us a stability that keeps us strong, stable and able to move forward through the chaos.


Cal Champagne
Green Connect Farm Manager


In your box:

Note: We sometimes need to make changes to what we pack in your veg box based on the quantity or quality of produce that we can harvest and source. If you have any questions about what is in your box, don’t hesitate to contact us at [email protected].


Did you know?

Shingiku, or edible chrysanthemum, is a Japanese leafy green vegetable that is used in a variety of different dishes to add a depth of flavour. The edible leaves and stems are highly aromatic, slightly bitter and very delicate. Shingiku can be steamed, blanched or boiled in a tiny amount of water and served with a little soy sauce and sesame oil. They are also an essential ingredient in hot-pot style dishes. Be careful not to overcook or burn the leaves as this makes them bitter.


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